Developed World

Disrupt this! Innovation ETFs are storming the market

Amazon.com is disrupting retail. Airbnb is disrupting hotels. Uber is disrupting transportation. Who is going to be disrupted next?<p>A growing number of exchange-traded funds are searching for that answer.<p>Instead of investing in the traditional companies playing defecse, they are buying hefty stakes …

Innovation

UK pensions ‘among worst in developed world’

British pensions are some of the worst in the developed world, according to a UBS report which compares the retirement prospects for 50-year-old …

Developed Countries

Bonn climate summit: India and other developing countries score a victory

Developed countries will now need to report what they have done so far to stop climate change.<p>India, China and other members of the Like-Minded …

Climate

Oil Prices Have Rallied. So Why Is No One Celebrating?

World oil prices hit recently their highest level in over two years. At the end of September, the commodity climbed to $59 a barrel ($58 in October), …

Oil

Our Biggest Economic, Social, and Political Issue

The Two Economies: The Top 40% and the Bottom 60%<p>To understand what’s going on in “the economy,” it is a serious mistake to look at average …

Social Justice

World's economies grow in sync, but US and Europe lag behind

Prosperity rises in emerging-market nations from India and Vietnam to even battered Brazil. But slower growth in advanced nations raises worries of a …

Economics

Jobs are plentiful for rock-bottom pay across the West

For many years, the economic rules were supported by both common sense and the data: when unemployment falls, wages rise soon after. But since the …

Business

'Unacceptable': Network costs the main driver of electricity prices, consumer watchdog finds

A huge increase in electricity network costs - driven by regulation and over investment - has been the number-one cause of rising household power …

Business (Australia)

Authers’ Note: Hurricane damage

Welcome to Authers’ Note, in which I will attempt to provide some context and analysis on the world of investment each day, and provide you with a …

Economy

This Key Change Will Bring Money Pouring Back Into the US

President Donald Trump once called our tax code a “giant self-inflicted wound.”<p>He’s right—and one of the worst aspects of our broken code is the …

Conservative View

Facebook launches the data-sipping Messenger Lite in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada

To call the Facebook suite of apps a bloated mess would be an understatement, most especially the ever-growing Messenger — I think I've used it once, …

Android News

U.S. Adults Outperformed by Rest of Developed World in Numeracy, New Comparison Finds

Regarding numeracy, U.S. adults at each of the three recorded levels of education attainment had lower results than averages for the rest of the …

Education

The Republicans' Tax Blueprint Declines to Answer Some Hard Questions

The plan the president has started promoting seems to optimize for congressional wiggle room.<p>On Wednesday, President Donald Trump will unveil a hard-negotiated and sweeping Republican plan to simplify the tax code and cut taxes for millions of families at an event in Indiana. “We’ll be releasing a …

Politics

Trump's Tax Plan: Less Paperwork, Lower Taxes, More Jobs

Money will come "pouring back" from overseas.<p>The power of simplicity will fix America’s tax code, President Donald Trump said Tuesday.<p>During a …

Conservative View

Why Smart Cars Are a Trend We’re Investing In

Recently, it seems that every day we see articles proclaiming the internal combustion engine is dead, or that worldwide demand for cars will sharply …

Car Tech

Traders lured by high-yield ‘sweet spot’ in emerging markets

Traders are gaining confidence in countries that pay the steepest local interest rates.<p>Investor anxiety, as measured by one-month implied currency volatility, dropped to multimonth lows last month in Russia, South Africa and Brazil – countries with some of the most generous yields on their local …

Economy

Five investment ideas from fund managers

With political, social and technological disruption the new world order, over 500 fund buyers recently gathered in Johannesburg at the Nedgroup …

Finance

The US Is the Sick Man of the Developed World - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive

What do the economists at the International Monetary Fund see when they look at the US? An economy in the midst of a long expansion (“its third …

Economics

Shocking photo of baby smoking cigarette prompts child abuse investigation

The girl in Kassel, Germany, was smoking a cigarette put to her mouth by an adult hand.<p>Police in Germany have launched a child abuse investigation …

Public Health

Canada is not incentivizing its citizens to have kids – VICE News

The nuclear family is no longer the most common type of household, according to new census data from Statistics Canada. It has in fact been superseded by the single-person household — almost one-third of Canadian households now consist of just one person.<p>Now, even if you’re not living alone, you’re …

Child Care

Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say

LONDON (Reuters) - Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday.<p>They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings -- in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies -- …

Fertility

New Western worry: declining sperm counts

"Sperm count falling sharply in developed world" per Reuters: "Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by …

Health Care

Healthcare study ranks Australia second best in developed world, while US comes in last

Australia's healthcare system has been ranked among the best in the developed world by a team of American researchers who have ranked their own …

Health Care

Steady Global Growth Masks Worsening Emerging Market Performance

The global economy enjoyed further steady growth in June, according to the latest PMI data, finishing off a solid second quarter. Both new orders …

Economy

Risks, Rewards With This EM Bond ETF (PCY) | Investopedia

With U.S. interest rates still considered low and the developed world awash in trillions of dollars of negative-yielding sovereign debt, it is not …

Finance

Upbeat outlook, investor inflows lift emerging market first-half issuance

LONDON (Reuters) - An improving economic backdrop and yield-hungry investors helped lift hard-currency debt sales by emerging market governments and firms in the first six months of 2017, with fundraising on equity markets also getting a boost.<p>Bond sales from corporate and sovereign issuers across …

Economy

Commentary: Wages - the dog that isn't barking, far less biting

LONDON (Reuters) - As far as financial markets are concerned, especially equities, the first half of the year has witnessed the curious phenomenon of reflation without the inflation.<p>Women work on sewing machines at the Fashion Enter factory in London England, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eddie …

Economy

Big changes are coming to education, and some developed nations could get left behind

For centuries, innovation in education has been led by powerful and influential countries.<p>That could be set to change, however, with today's …

Education

Invest in education to tackle worrying wealth disparity

It is not news that Hong Kong remains one of the developed world’s most unequal places. The mismatch between soaring housing costs and most incomes …

Hong Kong

Employment rate passes 2007 peak in developed world, says OECD

Sarah O’Connor in London<p>The number of people in work in the developed world has surpassed pre-crisis levels, but the newly created jobs are more …

Economics